Does anyone know if there's a setting on the laptop to make the battery charge? This is on Windows Vista. When I hover over the batter icon in the try, it says, plugged in and not charging: It's been like that for as long as I can remember, but I thought it would be handy to charge the battery in case the electric goes, as there were about 1,100 homes without power in the small town 1.5 miles from us, and the lights here were flickering. I've looked all through the control panel and power settings etc, but I can't see anything about turning charging on, or could it be that it would automatically charge the battery when I turn the laptop on, and it could be that the battery is just dead? I did notice when I started the laptop, the message changes from plugged in and not charging, to plugged in and charging, but then after that it says not charging when I hover over it again.